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three in israel. the u.n. warns netanyahu to avoid a new cycle of blood shed. and president obama throwing down a challenge to congress as he gets set to begin critical budget talks on friday. >>> i want to bring you the italian gdp figures. italy is just the latest p second quarter figures were revised higher to 0.7 contraction from 0.8. third quarter gdp looks like it's fallen 0.2% on the quarter. that's better than was expected. it was expected to fall by about half a%. it is down 2.4% on the year. we'll get the rest of the eurozone figures out at the top of the next hour. >>> also coming up, we'll be live in beijing with updates throughout the show as xi jinping it takes over as the head of the communist party. we'll be in frankfurt for a look at how that economy has been affected. gdp showing a slowdown for germany in the third quarter. and we'll hear from the former head of the council of economic advisers austan goolsbee on how the u.s. can avoid falling off the fiscal cliff. plus we'll take you live to tokyo with japan hit by election fever. the yen is falling as a repeate
, and most of those who are dying are civilians. >> un special envoy lahkd brahimi is calling on china to play a larger role in putting an end to the violence in syria. >> china and russia have long blocked the u.n. security council from putting pressure on damascus. yang said the crisis in syria needs a political solution. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton says that kosovo's independence is not up for discussion. clinton and the eu foreign policy chief met with the kosovan present. >> clinton and ashton are touring balkan countries currently. london's police may be selling their famous new scotland yard headquarters to cut costs. they need to find over 600 million euros of savings and help the complex can fetch a large chunk of that sum. >> city police moved into the iconic building on victoria street in 1967. with staff cuts on the way, they will not need as much space. >> we will be back in one minute with more. >> stick around. we will be right back. >> welcome back. it is deja vu all over again. florida and ohio are expected to be key swing states in determining the outcome
. they won't let them go to the u.n. and declare statehood. they won't let them govern their own territory in the west bank. the wall that has been constructed and the roadblocks and checkpoints that exist in the settlements that are expand having undercut the legitimacy of that leadership. so what we have got is a situation that only gets worse and that's why the united states has to take a tougher stand. that's why we have to have those who can talk to the folks in hamas and gaza take a tougher position and ultimately bring an end to this. >> that's going to be the last word on that, mr. zogby. >> we're going to go down that road, open the door to hell, we saw it play out before in 2008 and '06 and many times before and ben wedeman is right, all we get is a lot of dead people and we start right back where we were with no peace and people still needing to talk to each other. >> james zogby, president of the arab-american institute. thank you for your time, sir. >>> back to the united states. we have a story developing now. two people now, two people are missing and two people are believed
by the fact that the u.n. ambassador decided to play what was essentially a political role at the height of a contentious presidential election campaign. >> reporter: after meeting with rice for more than an hour, collins emerged questioning her judgment in giving the public what turned out to be incorrect information in the days after the deadly attack in benghazi. and the main republican was lukewarm about the prospect of rice as secretary of state. if president obama were to nominate susan rice to be the next secretary of state, could you support that nomination? >> i would need to have additional information before i could support her nomination. >> reporter: collins has gone out of her way to support rice in the past. even introducing rice family ties to maine at a confirmation hearing for u.n. ambassador. >> the people of maine are proud of what this remarkable woman has accomplished. >> reporter: whether collins supports rice now for a promotion is crucial because of the raw numbers. rice would likely need 60 votes to overcome a filibuster by these gop senators assuming all 55 sen
this on "varney & company," we call it a renewed push for action due to climate change. now, the u.n. is joining in the dire warnings. coming up new at 10. find out exactly what the united nations plans to do about it. can anybody say carbon tax? yeah, you can. back to nicole, today, what have we got. best buy a loser? why? >> well, yesterday we talked about their numbers. they were a loser yesterday about their same-store sales for yet another quarter. nine of the last ten quarters have shown decline. today, well, let's see, one analyst downgraded best buy. how about deutche bank? yep, how about bernstein. >> yep, jeffers, you get the point. and while they're doing well with mobile phones, appliances, tablet computers and e-readers, no on notebooks, gaming products. they're missing the numbers, off to the ten year low. stuart: that's analysts when they turn against you, it can be grim, can't it? nicole, thank you. dead flat market, but the market has reached 12-8. we're up 13 points. time is money, 30 seconds, here is what else we have today. i'm a capitalist and i lovemaking money and i don't
the assembly on behalf of latin america and caribbean states, the chilean envoy said overwhelmingly u.n. opposition to the embargo reflects the consensus of virtually the entire world. >> we emphasize the consistency between the application of the unilateral measures which has no backing international law and the spirit of principles and purposes of the charter of the united nations. we urge the u.s. to make the necessary adjustments in this regard, allowing this legislation with the charter of the united nations, the resolutions of the united nations, and the views of countries of latin america and the caribbean in general of all the regions of the world. >> the united nations is warning that haiti's upcoming march harvest may already have been destroyed by the flooding of hurricane sandy. it left haiti overrun with devastating floods, causing widespread damage and adding thousands of people to the massive numbers already displaced by previous floods and the devastating earthquake of january 2010. on tuesday, the u.n. relief official said in addition to potentially destroying march's h
a second term we might be able to get that done because we have a lot of long-term un unemployed. i hope some of the tax breaks, such as the breaks on social security payroll taxes can be continued onward from december. i think that's very important to keep money in the hands of the middle class and enabling their spending, and jobs. >> eliot: all the miles you're talking b all of which i'm fully in accord with all predicated with president obama to guide the path. i agree, if he gets the second term. one of the premise that i view and i think you view as one of the misguided policies of mitt romney if you lower the tax breaks you get an outbreak of investment. there was a survey that disputed that. they polled it under political pressure. what is your wisdom as someone who has studied this in great death, would this bring investment as mitt romney high hypothesizes. >> no, between cutting marginal tax rates on the top and creating more jobs or economic growth. clinton increased taxes and we had jobs than when bush cut taxes. yet average economic growth during the years was better than
they will not accept the nomination of u.n. ambassador susan rice as a replacement for secretary of state hillary clinton. >> we'll do whatever is necessary to block the nomination. >> reporter: senators john mccain and lindsey graham said rice was either lying or incompetent when she made this statement five days after the attack. >> we don't have information at present that leads us to conclude this was premeditated or preplanned. >> reporter: president obama said the ambassador was presenting the intelligence information she was given. he challenged those who attacked ambassador rice. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody they should go after me. >> reporter: senator mccain accepted that offer. >> the president of the united states, the commander-in-chief is the most responsible and i hope the president has no illusions about our view of his responsibility. >> reporter: mccain and graham want a watergate style committee to investigate the benghazi attack. and general petraeus will testify here on capitol hill tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. back to you. >>>
after me. and i am happy to have that discussion with them. but for them to go after the un ambassador who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence she had received and the besmirch her reputation is outrageous. >> brian: well, that was his confrontational tone i can remember him having outside of the election and had his first press conference. she appeared on behalftime white house. how dumb was it to put out there nothing with benghazi and no background as opposed to tom brennan or tom donald or anybody else let alone david petraeus and hillary clinton. so you put somebody out there and that was your fault that got the information and we don't know whose opinions and conclusion and the president wants to call out the people who just want answers. >> gretchen: sorry, i thought you were -- >> brian: senator graham and john mccain heard this and this is what they said. >> i will hold her accountable and she volunteered for the assignment. she is incompetent when comes to benghazi and the person i blame the most is the president. my resp
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, the government asked the united nations for help, and the un is currently investigating the possibility of an african-led force made up of 3000 soldiers from neighboring countries to battle the islamists. >> we are joined now by a representative with the german institute for international and security affairs who specializes in north africa. what's your opinion about all of this? what are the chances of an international intervention? >> there is by now broad international and regional support for an intervention that would involve some form of african combat mission, including in northern mali. it looks likely it will happen within the next few months. what it will look like is unclear at the moment because some very important questions are yet to be answered, such as which countries will send troops and who will actually finance the operation. it looks most likely that it will be the european union. >> do you see any possibility of a negotiated solution to this dispute? can you even get the no. factions to the table right now? >> and exclusively negotiated solution, i do not think so.
the ambassador. he wants to push the issue into play at the u.n., he's summoned the arab league. morisi does not he ban to attach himself to hamas let alone to the jihaddist groups, smaller ones that are operating in gaza. he has a loan that they are negotiating, a billion-plus in military assistance from the united states. he's got multiple audiences on this. he's going to appear supportive. the question is can he bring his influence? remember, the muslim brotherhood is in fact the foundation stone from which hamas emerged. he does have influence with hamas. they share a common border. hamas has to give some credibility to what he wants and to what he said. the question is, how much time do we have before this escalates to a ground incursion? jon: the palestinians profess they want their own state. hard to argue that you deserve statehood when you're launching rockets at your neighbor. >> you have three states between the mediterranean and the jordan river. have you a weak and dysfunctional palestinian authority which controls 40% of the west bank. you have a highly centralized hamas which
to the u.n., came up a lot today. >> that story has really got a lot of traction. one republican alleging that president, quote, intentionally misinformed the american people about the attack and now he wants to promote ambassador rice, who said the attack was not premeditated terrorism, but spontaneous. >> president obama has the gall to float the name as possible secretary of state, the name of the person who is the actual vehicle used to misinform the american people during this crisis. >> democrats defended rice, adding the u.n. ambassador got her information from the c.i.a. and other agencies. >> these unfair attacks on ambassador susan rice are simply wrong. she had to rely on the intelligence that was provided. i sat here while colin powell provided the intelligence that he had regarding weapons of mass destruction in iraq. >> this is a critical point. who finalized these talking points for ambassador rice and what was clear in the testimony today is that it was a real flash point between lawmakers and the intelligence community who could not say who ultimately signed off on those
that it's actually a state, and to justify more assistance, i think it will try and use u.n. channels more effectively to get money and may well join other u.n. specialized agencies now that the general assembly said it's the state. ab you know, israel and the state department have tried to play down yesterday's vote, but i'm afraid unlike a lot of u.n. votes which truly are completely meaningless, this one is going to have a real effect. >> ultimately i've got about 20 seconds left. are we going to be looking at billions of american taxpayer dollars going to palestine? >> under the obama administration, i think it's a real risk. i think they've been hostile to israel and this is one more step to make it easier for the obama people to do exactly that. >> okay. and ambassador john boulton, always a pleasure. >> thank you. stuart: coming up new at 10, the journal "science" comes out with a new study on climate change and could give even more ammunition for a global carbon tax. ammunition for new tax, that will be coming up for you at the top of this hour and as we always say, time is money a
we'll get. une loyment, as yout, remember, it dips down unexpectedly to 7.8%, i expect that will notch up a tenth or two. i don't think we go over 8%. >> susie: it could notch up a bilt. good information. mark, always a pleasure talking to you. mark zandi. >> thank you. >> tom: still ahead, from downed powerlines, to flooded out utilities, we talk about powering back up after sandy, with the head of nextera energy. >> susie: hurricane sandy has created an energy shock in the northeast, gas pumps aren't working, supplies are tight, and where there is fuel, there are long lines; reminiscent of the 1970's gas shortage. with two jor gasoline refineries in the northeast region still shut down, capacity is off 10%. and with spotty power,so especially in parts of new jersey, gas pumps don't work, so many gas stations are closed to drivers, and people looking tod fu their generators. >> tom: airli ts, trucking companies and railroads are all working to untangle the mess left in sandy's wake. bridges into manhattan are now open again, but not all the traffic tunnels have re-open
.m. eastern. a number of senators have been meeting with u.n. ambassador susan rice in the wake of her comments following the attack on the benghazi consulate. just wrapping up is a brief news conference and statement with senators. here is a look. >> i had a very candid ambassador rice embassador ric and the deputy director of the cia. [inaudible] she said if it was a spontaneous demonstration. it was not. there was telling evidence at that time. >> [inaudible] i am very disappointed in our intelligence community. i think they failed in many ways. i think it would be pretty clear that to explain this episode as related to a video that created a mob that turned into a riot was far-filled. at the end of the day, we are going to get to the bottom of this. we have to have a system that we trust. if you don't know what happened, just say you don't know what happened. you can say "i do not want to give that information." you can say the american people got bad information from president obama in the days after. the question is should they have been given the information at all? if you can d
, but are not, that number would jump to 23 million u.n. or under employed. both candidates hit the trail earlier and had this to say about the numbers. >> this morning we learned that companies hired more workers in october than at any time in the last eight months. [cheers and applause] >> he said he was going to lower the unemployment rate down to 5.2% right now. today we learned that it's actually 7.9%, and that is 9 million jobs short of what he promised. unemployment is higher today than when barack obama took office. megyn: chris stirewalt the fox news digital politics editor and host of "fox news live." the number of jobs has ticked up, the numbers of jobs created has gone up over the summer months where it was truly abysmal. 171,000, obviously higher than 67,000, some of the other numbers we saw. put it in a larger perspective for us today. >> well, the larger perspective is i think we will live to see election day. i'm very happy about that, so you're right, i like hearing how close we are, but the other thing is this. status quo. the jobs report is -- i think the technical term
. on libya, it was the whole leading from behind. he used the u.n., nato, much more of an internationalist, using the transatlantic institutions, networks that are in place to sort of bring europe back into the fold, firm up the alliance. let's remember romney did make his own campaign trip to europe. it will be remembered mostly by his gaffes in britain and poland, but it's telling that he chose britt tip and poland as places he visited. toes were two members of the bush era, both members who participated in the iraq war, full supporters of that war. is there was worry that the national would be pushed aside. particularly among foreign policy elites here in europe. >> peter, thanks for that. good to speak to you. >> we're also on central bank watch this week and the rba decided to hold off on further easing. this report comes from sydney. >> it was always going to be a call and it has surprised some in the market leaving rates unchanged. aussie dollar hitting session highs above 1.04 u.s. the banks did leave the door open for further stimulus highlighting the strength in the aussie dollar
the center of negotiations, really. the u.n. secretary-general is also in the region. so we seem to have the power players of the diplomatic world in the region, trying to come together with some terms to stop this violence. but violence continues, even though it seemed like we're so close to a cease fire, the finer details are being worked out, the violence continues in gaza. overnight, israeli defense forces attacked again about 100 targets in the gaza strip. today, the militants within the gaza strip have launched about 30 rockets into israel, so the violence continues, even though we seem to be getting more and more people involved in making a cease fire come to a conclusion and end this violence as we begin this second week of this conflict. ross? >> thank you for that. we'll talk to you a little bit later. chapman bell from tel aviv. >>> officials from six world powers are meeting in brussels to plan for a possible new round of talks with iran to avert the threat of a military conflict. also, japan's trade deficit has widened, exacerbated by territorial tensions. now we have the de
, it just adds to these continuing layers of a narrative. if we are to expect that the u.n. ambassador, potentially the future secretary of state didn't have access and wasn't involved in discussions five days on from the attacks talking about the scenario of the terrorists the fact that there was no protest she talked about sunday morning show, then we have a serious problem. >> the picture in your head is she is handed a packet of paper. she reads it over, says thank you and goes and delivers it to the media. is that how it works? there is some sort of briefing, it's more than papers there is a discussion about what happened in which someone that is going to be the secretary of state should ask questions. correct? >> right. absolutely much the idea that somehow, you know, she slipped one page briefing memo with some talking points that by the way have been edited constantly apparently since the cia produced the basic intelligence, the raw intelligence from the field talking about what had been happening, it doesn't add up. and nothing happens in washington, you know, in a bubble. it'
and the u.n. commission are saying they will have a steeper than expected recession. the european market falling pretty precipitously. you also have some losses nearly a full 2%. david: i gave you a little preview of coal. 12%, 14%, 30% to the downside. these are stocks that have had a tremendous boost over the past month. it all started with the first presidential debate when mitt romney said cole was looking good to him. mitt romney has no part at all in national decisions about coal and as result hole is dropping big time. liz: the market meltdown. hitting a one-year low in intraday trading. is it time to run or is this a e perfect time to jump in? we will talk to legendary investor wilbur ross. david: now that the election is over, what's to america's top ceos want to see from capitol hill? the largest transportation company is joining us in a first on fox business interview that you do not want to miss. liz: we want to tell you what drove the market down in the "data download." the selloff with all three major indices plunging falling more than 2% each. the dow and the below 13,000
their leader and needed help to do it and went to the u.n. to get that help. >> there were large numbers of iraqis that would have liked him overthrown -- >> there's a much more sectarian situation. >> sure it was. >> and libya was not a sectarian situation. so if you had a situation where you had support with the vast majority of the people, and you had u.n. backing so there was no way it could be tarred as a u.s.-alone, imperialistic attack to try to scoop up natural resources for yourself and cause blowback, then, yes -- >> i have seen this movie before, and hearing this talk about, oh, yeah, we're not going to bring in the exiles, and we're going to pick legitimate people in the country, and tom friedman backs it up. please. i saw it the first time. you guys were all in school the first time, but even there you probably got the idea that it didn't work out so hot. let's just let things happen the way they're going to -- let other people worry about their own countries. we have enough problems in this country. >> jim, did you have -- [applause] >> yeah. no, that's fairly similar to my
. jenna: for more on this i'm joined by ambassador dan gillerman, former israeli ambassador to the u.n. and fox news contributor coming to us from tel aviv. you heard what leland reported about patience wearing thin. can the ambassador hear me all all right? >> yes, i can hear you very well. jenna: hi, ambassador -- >> i can hear you loud and clear. can you hear me? jenna: sometimes the delay is a little tough on live television with tel aviv. always great to have you as our guest. leland is saying that patience is running thin with israel. there is engagement with gaza, engagement with syria. how close to you think israel is to being dragged into a more regional conflict? >> well, as you said, patience is running out. israel every day i think feels more and more like a villa in the jungle. we have hundreds of rockets being launched at schools and kindergartens and homes in the south. we have assad butchering over 30,000 civilians and slaughtering his own people in the north and now launching bombs at israel and bombing israeli territory and there's only that much israel will take. isr
ambassadors. >>> violence in gaza between israel and palestinian militants after u.n. security council holds an emergency session about the crisis. we're following a developing story live straight ahead. >>> dow falls nearly 200 points, closing at a five-month low, soledad. news the eurozone has slipped back into recession. and the fiscal cliff is still there. what it all means to you. >>> bp reportedly close to a plea deal over the gulf oil spill that could cost the oil giant billions. that's straight ahead. >>> nevada congressman joe heck will join us, nascar driver kurt busch, dr. sanjay gupta is with us, dutch ruppersberger and "twilight" actress, elizabeth reaser. "starting point" begins right now. morning. welcome, everybody. our team this morning, charles blow on the other side of me is with us, "new york times" columnist. stephen baldwin next to me, actor, of course. international editor for "time." and "early start" co-anchor, john berman. worry talking about president obama, who seems prepared to fight on a couple of critical fronts right now, during his very first news conference
right now some of the conventional wisdom says that u.s. ambassador to the u.n. susan rice even though she's embattled over her comments on benghazi, she may be the favorite for that role. so you've got some trial balloons floating around here. we know there are a couple deputies to the secretary of defense who are also being considered for the role. we'll have to wait and see exactly how it plays out. >> all right, brianna keilar, you have a full plate. >> yes. >> thank you very much. >> next hour we'll get reaction to general allen now being tangled in this scandal. nic paton walsh will join us with perspective there. >> and tom fuentes from the fbi will join us to talk about all this. >> then on "starting point," a man whose own sex scandal led to his down fall, former new jersey governor jim mcgreevey. jason chaffetz will way in and debbie wasserman shultz. >> man there is a lot going on today. you might not know this man. his software might be on your computer. john mcafee wanted for questioning now in a murder case. we'll have the details. >> another bizarre one. [ woman ] ring.
for u.n. ambassador then was a recess appointee. no way the president will nominate a secretary of state as a recess appointee. you cannot with credible lead diplomacy over the world. we'll have a debate tomorrow. there is a debate in the general assembly of the united nations on palestinian statehood. it is symbolic but now france is going along with the rest of the general assembly, the united states and israel and a few others will probably stand alone against this gesture considered a very important move by the sort of weakened fatah branch of the palestinians after what happened with gaza and hamas and susan rice has to represent the united states. and there's got to be a lot of weakening of her position. >> wow, a lot going on. obviously the fiscal cliff as well. the president is sitting down with a dozen chief executeties today to talk about this. some of them were prominent supporters of mitt romney. and then the president is going to try and sell his budget plan going to a toy factory. speaking of -- >> that's where i'd go. >> speaking of the budget, coming up, former treasurer
and started getting their houses and wrecking their homes and small businesses. un charles and sandra have talked about the american entrepreneurial spirit, the idea you are not victims but struggling in a common cause, small business here, trying to rebuild and feeling they're going to be sucker punched by at nor'easter that is bearing down. winds a picking up and temperature is dropping. as i enter this bill and not want to show you the water line. this is how high the water can and it ruined the businesses in the area where as joe's lobster house which has been around for four decades, he is rebuilding. you can see this business was gutted and you can see and hear in your the ceiling, it is intact. what you are going to see is hot water can and try to find joe bruce of who ran his business the better part of two decades. is he here? you can see here how deeply the business has been gutted. what concerns you about a nor'easter coming in? >> not much. everything already happened to us. this is a business. i am not worried too much about it. what happened happened already. we are fixing it
. i want to go back to the attacks on israel and gaza. the u.n. security council now holding an emergency closed door session about the crisis. member nations called for this. maximum restraints so the situation does not deteriorate any further. the big fear is that the escalating violence could echo the 2008 war that led to israel's land invasion of gaza. the year-long war killed some 1,400 palestinians and israeli. fred joining us from jerusalem. fred, first of all, we saw the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu speaking earlier about the escalating violence, the tension here. here's what he said. >> no government would tolerate a situation where nearly one-fifth of its people live under a constant barrage of rockets and missile fire, and israel will not tolerate this situation. this is why my government has instructed the israeli defense forces to conduct surgical strikes against a terrorist infrastructure in gaza. >> here's how hamas responded in their press conference today. >> some think it is easy to kill people in gaza, it is easy to enter gaza, it is easy to do
. >> congressman nadler. >> well, we were reminded of one thing that we knew which is the utter hypocrisy of the u.n. and the nonaligned movement when it comes to israel and the middle east that said nothing when hamas fired over 500 or 600 missiles at israeli civilians, each missile being a war crime. and when israel finallien hit back by attacking a leader of the militants and started attacking launch sites, suddenly there's a u.n. security council meeting and the nonaligned movement condemns israel. we also learned that despite the ravings of governor romney about obama throwing israel under the bus and the ravings of the republican jewish coalition and other elements of the jewish community, when push comes to shove, the obama administration stood by israel. >> we'll discuss gaza tomorrow. there's been asymmetry in the moral intent has been to go after civilians stated aim of the idf is to avoid civilians. in the actual death toll, we're seeing more civilian lives in gaza dead than israelis. i want to make sure people are aware of that. we'll talk about this much more tomorrow, joy. >> we now kn
there by u.n. secretary general for what will be a complex bit of diplomacy. the president's aide said mrs. clinton will not be going into gaza and not talking with hamas. >> can assure you she'll be meeting with the palestinian authority. the united states does not engage directly with hamas. hamas has not met the conditions we set. >> president obama voiced his support for israel's right to defend itself at a news conference on this trip. but in his private diplomacy, he has been urging israel to hold off sending troops into gaza and hopes the rocket attacks can be stopped without an escalation of the battle and the much greater casualties that would bring. this is the first international test of egypt's new muslim brotherhood government and while u.s. officials will not compare it with egypt's former president, hosni mubarak, they do say that they are encouraged by the consultation and cooperation they've had from egypt's new leadership. guys, back to you. >> steve: wendell goler in cambodia. >> brian: i don't know what time it is with laura ingraham. >> steve: she's in our time zone. >
a letter to barack obama on monday saying the u.n. ambassador susan rice miss led the nation about the attack on the united states consulate in libya. looking at one of last news item from politico, congressman alan west, if republican, has conceded florida's 18th district. this in a statement to politico -- the republican had been challenging the vote counting process and st. lucie county. we were watching to see how that was resolved. allen west conceding that race. thank you for all of your calls. on thursday morning, one of our first segment at 7:45 will be speaking to a professor at the university of maryland. there will give some insight into the current situation in the middle east. that is all for this segment. coming up next, we will look to the effort to rebuild and fix up the damage in the wake of hurricane sandy. the wall street journal's andrew grossman will join us for that. thomas ricks will be here to talk about that. we will be right back. ♪ >> , there are many people who might take issue with a grand setting the union during the civil war. did not lay gannett do
'm happy to have that discussion with them but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothing to do with benghazi? and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, and besmirch her reputation? is outrageous. and, you know, we're after an election now. i think it is important for us to find out exactly what happened in benghazi and i'm happy to cooperate in any ways that congress wants. we have provided every bit of information that we have and we will continue to provide information and we've got a full-blown investigation and all that information will be disgorged to congress. and i don't think there is any debate in this country when you have four americans killed that's a problem and we've got to get to the bottom of it and there needs to be accountability. we've got to bring those who carried it out to justice. ing they won't get any debate from me on that. but when they go after the u.n. ambassador, apparently because they think she is an easy target, then they have got a problem with me. and should i choose, if i think that she would be t
, when you have a position where you're ambassador to the u.n., you go well beyond unclassified talking points in your daily preparation and responsibilities for that job. that is troubling to me as well why she would not have as. i am the person that does not go anything about this. i will go on every show. it is not just the talking plans that were on classified but it was part of her responsibility as an ambassador to the u.n. and she reviewed much more than that. >> we need to do a lot more to e. we do not have the fbi interviews conducted -- conducted after the attacks. we do not have the basic information about what it is said the night of the attack that was shared with congress us of this date. i remember the john bolton episode well. our democratic friends felt he did not have the information needed to make informed decisions for john bolton to be an ambassador . the democrats would not consider the nomination until they got basic answers. all i can say is we are not close to getting the basic answer is. >> i have many more questions that can be answered. -- that cannot be answ
? some say john kerry, some have speculated about susan rice, the embattled u.n. ambassador, stepping into hillary clinton's role. >> that sounds kind of farfetched, but who knows? anything's possible. certainly, the problem susan rice would have is because of what she said about the successful raid about islamist militants on the u.s. diplomatic outpost if benghazi being the fault of a youtube video, that was very bad for her. she would compound a problem that the departure of hillary clinton would help alleviate. state department's been really under close scrutiny because of the response to this. the lack of preparation for it, for the attack and the response thereafter, that's something they would like to get away from. putting susan rice in there would intensify it. megyn: last but not least, quickly, if geithner goes, i mean, that's an important job he has. and who is likely to fill that role, and how would it change americans', you know, day-to-day lives? >> well, what the president has in tim geithner's departure is an -- or assumed departure is an opportunity to send a message
. >> no, he will not. meanwhile, martha, the u.n. ambassador, susan rice, caught up in all this. several republican senators said they would filibuster any attempt by the president to make her secretary of state. and yesterday, at his press conference, the president very forceful defending ambassador rice. take a look at this. >> she has done exemplary work. she has represented the united states in our interests in the united nations with skill and professionalism and toughness and grace. if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. >> reporter: a very strong defense. of course, it was the intelligence community that briefed susan rice before she went out on all the sunday shows saying this might have started because of protests, george. >> she was working off cia talking points. martha, thank you very much. >>> that question to president obama about ambassador rice came from jonathan karl, who joined in on the press conference. and joins us now with more. questions on all of the big issues. but much of the focus on that looming fisc
't the cia anticipate the attack or do more to stop it? so much republicans have been going after u.n. ambassador susan rise rise, she says intelligence pointed pointed ton taken just, not -- spontaneous, not a pre-planned attack. john mccain is calling her -- -- >> the reason i don't trust her is because i think through knew better, and if she didn't, she shouldn't be the voice of america. >> president obama is aggressively coming to rice's defense. >> if senator mccain and graham and others want to go after something, they should be after me. >> reporter: house and senate intelligence committees will be hearing the reports. >>> for a change, some good news about california's budget deficit. the nonpartisan legislate tier budget says california is now facing a $1.9 billion budget deficit in the coming year. that is well below the $13 billion deficit previously projected. the state could see even more surpluses afternoon that. the improving economy, budget cut-backs, and new tax revenues from the passage of prop 30 all credited for california's improving financial situation. >>> also,
of that. i think he will keep us out of war. he may utilize the u.n. differently. we are talking about iran, but we also have north korea, with nuclear issues there. that is equally as serious as iran. i think it will be a balancing act of trying to negotiate and do things through diplomacy rather than the military. that there's a lot of talk about citizens' rights. that would bring the u.n. perspective right into the body. >> that is what i was thinking, that senator kerrey would move over to that. >> i would agree with everything they said, but with an sterisk. i have no doubt the president would like to avoid conflict wherever possible, and in particular in the middle east. but history suggests what he would like to do -- woodrow wilson was reelected on a slogan that he kept us out of work, and several months later he was asked in congress for a declaration of war. >> johnson was elected on a platform of peace. >> the second quick question, fiscal cliff, do they call a deal together before march, the end of the year? it includes a tax deal? >> yes, before march. i am not sure before
. democrats say this explains why u.s. ambassador to the u.n. susan rice said after the attack that it was a mob protesting and anti-muslim video and not a terror strike but republicans contend the obama administration wanted to downplay terrorism from the start. >> the issue is from what was released from c.i.a. headquarters on friday afternoon in an unclassified memo to the point it was changed to the sunday morning talk shows there is a gap we need to account for and understand why it was changed. >> all the intelligence community have told us that initially they recognize there were terrorists involved but they thought it came from the protests, that it took time to sort that out. >> molly: c.i.a. talking points would have gone through numerous hands, various intelligence agencies, white house, state department, justice department before going out to lawmakers. >> gregg: so nobody is terribly forthcoming about who did it. molly henneberg, thanks very much. >> heather: illegal immigration a hot button issue and today we understand that republican lawmakers are now working on
house has also lock wanted u.n. ambassador susan rice to success hillary clinton, but officials say congressional leaders are now warning them that the controversy over benghazi could complicate her confirmation, and counterterrorism adviser john brennan is still a possibility, if he wants it, to take over at cia. a lot going on here. savannah. >> complicated is the word of the day. amitch nell washington. thank you. let's turn to retired colonel jack jacobs who is an nbc military analyst. first petraeus, and now general allen involved. on the stunner scale, where do you put this? >> seven. very startling, especially for those people who worked with these officers and known for them for years and years. really quite astonishing. do you know general allen? what is his reputation? >> i don't know him very well. i've met him on several occasions. he's a 1976 honors graduate of the u.s. naval academy. he's got a -- a masters degree from georgetown, from the national war college. he's quite an intellectual actually. a great infantry marine and has had an absolutely stellar career. all th
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